1. Historic Sailing Trip on Mersey River

Historic Sailing Trip on Mersey River

Looking for more adventure? Take an unforgettable journey on "The Julie Burgess" for as little as $40! "The Julie Burgess" is a fully restored historic ketch offering 2-hour sailings out the mouth of the Mersey River and into Bass Strait.  "The Julie Burgess" is the last of the nearly 150 ketches built or operated by five generations of the Burgess family.  It was built in Ned Jack’s yard in Launceston in 1936 for Harry Burgess who named the vessel after his wife Julie.  The aim of this historic sailing trip is to ‘catch the wind’, hoist the sails and experience the workings of this historic vessel.  With a ‘fair breeze’ the vessel heads west toward Mersey Bluff, further west to Don Heads before turning round in the Strait and heading back to Port.  Passengers get a different view of Devonport, the dolerite cliffs of Mersey Bluff and the north-west coastline. While on board you’ll hear more about the ketch, now the last of the original fishing vessels that plied the seas around the Bass Strait and islands! From time to time the Julie Burgess will take passengers on extended voyages which are more adventurous!  If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.

Captain is included.
A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
22 guests


pThenbspJulie Burgessnbspisnbspthe last of the beautiful Burgess Family fishing ketchesnbspthat plied the waters of Bass Strait and its islands. The ketch was purpose built to harvest the rich crayfish fields of Bass Strait and Tasmania. The central well in the ketch made it possible to hold enormous amounts of live crays that were taken to the railway station at Stony Point in Westernport Bay for transportation to the Melbourne markets - still fresh!ppVolunteers have lovingly restored the ketch, so that you cannbsprelive the classic days of sailingnbspin Bass Strait. Two-hour sailings are scheduled for Wednesdays and Sundays subject to weather conditions. Please note minimum numbers apply and passengers should contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for bookings and departure times. Sailings go out the mouth of the Mersey River into Bass Strait towards Don Heads and passing the Bluff precinct. Extended sailings available on request. ThenbspJulie Burgessnbspcan be viewed at her mooring at Reg Hope Park, East Devonport. She is open for inspection on Saturday afternoons between 1 and 3.30pm for a gold coin donation. The volunteer crew will welcome you aboard.ppnbspp

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Features & Details

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Wheel steering
  • Inboard Engine
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Furling Headsail
  • Furling Mainsail

Approximate Location

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Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to 5 days prior.

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